Dutch Themed Party {Guest Feature}

If you’re interested in seeing a unique party theme for birthdays or bridal showers, then today’s feature is perfect for you. Elissa of One Stone Events created a Dutch themed dessert & coffee table for the Fall issue of Bird’s Party e-zine, and she shared even more photos from the shoot, with us!

This idea is great for anyone with Dutch heritage who wants to celebrate that. The patterns and streamlined design are a signature of that part of the world, and I love the 3-D backdrop Elissa created to complement the overall look. Check out the photos and Elissa’s description below…

“The goal for this shoot was to do something different that’s never been seen before. Inspiration can be found anywhere, including the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride at Disney World. The cultures and colors are so beautiful and I’ve recently found myself drawn to folk art so much, that I decided I’d make a dessert table using Dutch folk art as the theme.

I was going more for simple beauty and authenticity than the trends of dessert tables currently popular in the party scene. The color palette is very typical of this style with the red, navy, yellow and white. I also wanted to use the doves, tulips and hearts, most commonly seen in Dutch folk art. Bird of Bird’s Party made beautiful printables for me to work with, which were the foundation for every single element that went into the design of the table. Every vendor used that design as inspiration or copied it to match perfectly. The table was captured flawlessly by Darci Woodiwiss Photography.

My fabulous baker from Cakes by Costa flew to Florida from Massachusetts to do this shoot with me and the desserts did not disappoint. We had Slagroomtaart, a Dutch cream cake, which is very light and airy in taste. The Dutch apple cakes were dense and the spices made this one delicious treat. There was also a Dutch cocoa dip for the fresh fruit which was much richer than a chocolate syrup, but oh so yummy!

I ordered the Stroopwafels from I Love Stroopwafels. These tasty Dutch treats are basically 2 waffle cookies with caramel sandwiched between them. Traditionally eaten with coffee or tea, if you set the Stroopwafel atop the hot coffee cup and wait a few minutes, the consistency is just right with slightly oozing caramel and the temperature is perfect. These were so much fun to try!

The only dessert on the table that was not traditional Dutch, were the absolutely gorgeous and ornate sugar cookies, made by Bees Knees Creative. The artistry on these cookies was fantastic and they looked so beautiful on the table. They were a perfect addition to tie all the elements together.

The flowers, by Dana Dineen Floral were a must on this table. The red Tulips, yellow Asiatic lilies, blue Gentiana and yellow Craspedia with ivy looked ‘perfectly Dutch’. They set the tone for the whole table and it just wouldn’t have worked nearly as well without them.

Redefine Design Studio provided some of the awesome serveware on the table: The cookie platters, the quirky coffee cups with saucers, the heart shaped cake pans, and the most perfect little white and blue bowl with a blue handle.

One of my absolute favorite details on the table were the adorable little peg dolls, custom made by the oh-so-talented Jenny at Crossing the Bugger Dixon Line. Honestly, they are the cutest things I’ve seen in a very long time. They took center stage on my table and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I made the backdrop with party supplies, using most of the design on Bird’s Dutch Folk Art printables. It was just foam core, wrapped in a yard of navy fabric, paper pinwheel fans, felt, paper punched circles, Martha Stewart stickers and Bird’s printables. Other décor included a little pair of Dutch clogs with a windmill on them as a cake topper, toothpick flags to emulate the Dutch flag and dessert stands for both the cookies and fruit: I put heart ribbon around each heart cake pan and used glue dots to attach them to the candlesticks, which I had spray painted yellow. The saucers that matched the coffee cups just sat on top of clear glass candlesticks. Perfect little dessert stands!

As I always use something of my late grandmother’s in every shoot, the little casserole dishes and the yellow ‘Dutch oven’ that the cake sat in belonged to her, as well as the Dutch cocoa dip bowls on both sides.

The whitewashed wood planks belong to Dana Dineen Florals and I love the different levels and the added element of vintage they added. They were a great addition to the table.”


Styling – One Stone Events / Photography – Darci Woodiwiss Photography / Printables – Bird’s Party / Dessert – Cakes by Costa / Cookies – Bee’s Knees Creative / Floral – Dana Dineen Floral / Peg Dolls – Crossing the Bugger Dixon Line / StroopWafels – I love StroopWafels


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  1. Karin Knight says

    Hi Ladies,
    I love the “Dutch Theme” idea – I am of Dutch heritage myself, and I LOVE stroop wafels and slagroom taart. Just wanted to let you know that “Dutch” – Holland is a little different than “Pennsylvania Dutch” – Amish. The folk art represented here is actually from the latter. The European dutch style has slightly different colors as well as different depictions. Think Delft Blue, and also “Boerenbont” (google that). Also, lots of orange is used, to represent the Royal House, the House of Orange. Images will reflect windmills, traditional dress, as well as florals. All this being said, I am inspired, and will use this at a future social! Thanks :)

    • says

      thanks, karin! i needed an expert when i was designing this and i actually did end up blending the styles, after much research. you put it into words much better than i could have. so glad you were inspired. and having sampled your heritages treats, all i have to say is…YUM!